From Veronica M: How can I stay off the grid? Is it possible to essentially “disappear?”
Answer: Thanks to Hollywood, many people believe they need to leave the U.S. and find some “super secret” overseas destination to disappear.
This is definitely not the case and for most of the people I consult with I recommend staying in the U.S.
Ideally, you want to find a town with a population that is about 25,000 to 50,000 in size.
You don’t want a town that’s too small because then you’ll stand out and won’t be able to blend in.
This small town should be in a conservative state where people don’t ask a lot of questions, they respect other people’s privacy, and it’s not a “big government” type of place.
Like I just mentioned, the reason you want to relocate to a small town in a conservative state is because you can get a job or rent an apartment without going through a lot of “red tape.”
For instance, try and rent an apartment in a place like New York City and they want 25 forms of ID, a DNA sample, and a copy of your family tree because the government requires it.
However, in these small towns, you can go to a mom and pop property management company and rent a place to live without needing to give your social security number…
Or showing a bunch of IDs (often none at all) as long as you have a cashier’s check with the first and last month’s rent. (Yes, I have personally done this.)
Also, if you truly want to disappear, you need to plan on never using the Internet again.
From Noel R: Is LifeLock a good service?
Answer: I have nothing against LifeLock but I personally don’t recommend using an identity theft protection service because I believe you can do the same thing they do without having to pay a company.
With that being said, I absolutely recommend placing a credit freeze on your credit report with the three major credit bureaus.
In addition, I also advise people to monitor their credit report, bank statements, and credit card statements each month.
From Dave Y: Could you write something on how easy it is to crack the hotel room safe, and what to do to protect yourself and your belongings, if anything?
Answer: Hotel room safes are not safe at all.
First, think about how many people probably put their belongings in the safe and forget the combination?
Many hotel employees know the combination to the safes since people are locking themselves out all the time.
In addition, hotel room safes in general can usually be opened with a pocketknife.
Frankly, the only way to ensure your belongings are 100% safe and that no one goes through them is to take them with you when you leave your room.
From David G: I have Duck Duck Go as an alternative web browser. How secure is that one? I think that I also have TOR on here as well, but I like using Duck Duck Go.
Answer: Duck Duck Go is one of the best search engines you can use for privacy.
Duck Duck Go emphasizes protecting searcher’s privacy and avoids personalized search results.
Duck Duck Go is different from other search engines because it doesn’t profile its users and shows all users the same search results for a given search term.
From Niles J: How many different kinds of knives should I have with my emergency gear and in my bug-out bag? Is there a good “one-knife-fits-all” you can recommend?
Answer: I believe you should have one pocket knife and one fixed blade knife in your bug out bag.
Also, do not go cheap on these knives.
The $20 knife you buy at Walmart is not the knife you want to bet your life on in an emergency.
There are a lot of companies that make quality knives such as Benchmade and Spyderco.
The “one-knife-fits-all” is a knife that I had to have custom made for me and my team. It’s called the NOC Knife and you can see it here: www.NOCknife.com.